Science & Technology

Science & Technology
5:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

"Solarize Raleigh" Could Make Solar Power More Affordable

Credit Marc Hall / North Carolina State University

Raleigh might soon have a group-purchasing program that would make it cheaper for residents to install solar panels on their homes. North Carolina Solar Center Director Steve Kalland  says solar power is popular among state utilities. They save money buying the costly technology in bulk. Kalland says homeowners are also interested in using cheaper, greener energy.

"The opportunity to do this has been somewhat constrained in North Carolina because the cost of these smaller-scale projects is somewhat higher than the large-scale projects," Kalland says.

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Dinosaur Discovery
6:00 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Local Scientist Makes Most Awesome/Terrifying Discovery Of The Year

Credit Jorge Gonzalez

Researchers from North Carolina and Chicago announced  the discovery a new dinosaur today.

Siats Meekerorum (known colloquially as "SEE-ahtch") is thought to have been one of the three largest predators in America, at one time even larger than the Tyrannosaurus. This particular specimen was 30 feet long... and it's an adolesent.

Dr. Lindsay Zanno, a paleontologist at N.C. State and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, is one of the co-discoverers. She told WUNC that we're still trying to figure out what led to Siats's demise. But there are theories.

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The State Of Things
10:39 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Video: Live From Downtown Raleigh Nov. 22

Frank Stasio hosting 'The State of Things' from Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh
Credit NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Today, The State of Things is broadcasting live from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Look below to watch the program live. 

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The State Of Things
10:39 am
Fri November 22, 2013

NC Scientist Helps Discover New Dinosaur

Illustration of the Siats meekerorum
Jorge Gonzales Museum of Natural Sciences

Scientist Lindsay Zanno talks about their latest dinosaur discovery

The Tyrannosaurus Rex is the indisputable king of the dinosaurs, but it wasn’t always that way. Lindsay Zanno -- director of paleontology and geology research at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and assistant research professor in the department of biology at North Carolina State University -- helped discover a new dinosaur in North America. It is called Siats meekerorum, and it was one of the top three predators ever discovered in North America. In fact, it ruled over the early ancestors of the T-Rex. 

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The State Of Things
10:30 am
Fri November 22, 2013

The Intersection Of Science And Public Policy

Fossil Fair at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Credit North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

  

Science is a place where facts and objectivity reign supreme while politics is a blend of perspectives and opinions. So what happens when science and public policy collide?

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Internet Summit 2013
6:35 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

What To Expect From Internet Summit 2013

Internet Summit 2012 in Raleigh
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The sixth annual Internet Summit is in Raleigh this week, and organizers are hoping to leave conference goers a little starstruck.

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The State of Things
11:44 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Why Commercials Work Better When You Don’t Pay Attention

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Think you’re avoiding the advertisements when you fast forward through using your DVR?

Think again. New research from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business shows that sometimes commercials are even more effective when you’re not paying attention. Host Frank Stasio talks to Gavan Fitzsimons, a professor in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

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Science & Technology
5:11 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Duke Technology Could Yield Quicker Airport Security Checks

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Researchers at Duke University are developing radio wave scanners that could dramatically increase the speed at which travelers are checked at security points in airports.

The scanners, which researchers say could be tested in as soon as 12 months for airport use, were one of the developing technologies that scientists showed three North Carolina congressmen in a tour yesterday of laboratories at Duke’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.

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Science & Technology
7:52 am
Wed November 6, 2013

NC State Researchers Say Oysters Let Sounds Carry Them Home

The Center for Marine Sciences and Technology at NC State
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A new study out of N.C. State demonstrates how oysters may rely on sound to navigate to their permanent homes on the reef.

Ashlee Lillis is a researcher in the marine sciences department at N.C. State. She recorded underwater sounds then tested larval oysters to determine whether settlement rates increased when they were exposed to reef sounds versus the open sea floor. 

“We've got differences in water flow over a hard structure compared to just a sandy bottom that's going to make it distinct as well as a lot of fish,” says Lillis.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Fri November 1, 2013

What We Don’t Know About Medical Treatments

Timothy Platts-Mills explains the reasoning and ethics behind unpublished clinical trials

When experimental drugs or treatments need to be tested for the market, they generally go through a series of clinical trials. However, a new study shows that nearly one third of all large clinical trials go completely unpublished. This means that information about certain drugs and treatments are not accessible to the public.

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